On its 100th anniversary this year, the production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen has just produced its 20-millionth vehicle.
The 20-millionth vehicle has left the production line at the Mercedes-Benz plant in Sindelfingen. The jubilee car, an S 500 Plug-In Hybrid, was received by Dr. Dieter Zetsche, Chairman of the Board of Management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, and by Markus Schäfer, Member of the Divisional Board of Management of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Production and Supply Chain Management. “We are confident that we will produce the next twenty million cars a lot faster. By 2020, we will invest a total of 1.5 billion euros in an ultramodern and flexible production facility here in Sindelfingen. This will allow us to offer our customers even more options for individualization and to safeguard our top quality,” said Schäfer.
The S 500 e has certified fuel consumption of 2.8 liters per 100 kilometers and the company claims the systematic hybridization is a fixed element of the powertrain strategy of Mercedes-Benz, as such of hybrid vehicles account for a growing share of the total unit sales. At present, five plug-in Hybrids are available and by 2017 there will be ten plug-in hybrid Mercs on the market.
The history of the Sindelfingen plant began in 1915 with the production of airplanes and airplane engines and continued with the production of vehicle bodies, when Mercedes-Benz started to manufacture complete cars in Sindelfingen in 1946. The current S-Class and its predecessors have been built at the Sindelfingen plant since the Mercedes-Benz 220 was launched in the spring of 1951.